Nextfest 2010

Musicians, thespians, painters, playwrights, dancers, and filmmakers converge for one of our city's most underrated festivals

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

What: Multi-format arts festival
When: Thursday, June 3-Sunday, June 13, 2010
Where: The Roxy (10708-124 St.) et al

400 artists. 11 days. 9 venues. 1 huge party! Now in its 15th year, Edmonton's bountiful Nextfest gets bigger and bigger with every new, anticipated season. From June 3rd to the 13th the celebration will hit up various venues, (mostly) scattered down 124th Street, showcasing (mostly) local music, film, live theatre, dance, readings, and visual art.

The Roxy Theatre will be the headquarters, of sorts, for this annual extravaganza that doesn't--but should--garner the attention we lend to the Fringe in Old Strathcona. If you're a Fringer, Nextfest should be right up your alley!

Varying events will be hosted at nearby Conrad's Sugar Bowl (10724-124 St.), as well as downtown's theARTery (9535-Jasper Ave.) and The Living Room Play House (11315-106 Ave.). Plus, art exhibits will be on display at Enterprise Square Gallery (10230-Jasper Ave.), Propaganda Hair Salon (10808-124 St.), Thread Hill (10725-124 St.), Local 124 (10711-124 St.), and The Cutting Room Salon & Spa (10536-124 St.).

Although there will be a number of complimentary events & showcases during the 11-day Nextfest, a festival pass will set you back just $40, and will allow you access to EVERYTHING! Day passes are going for $18, single show tickets are $10, and all are available by either calling 780-453-2440 or contacting TIX on the Square (780-420-1757).

For a complete schedule and/or list of artists & performers check out the festival's official website, or look for their free program in Vue Weekly (May 27-June 2).

See you there!

Below is the short film 'Sterile Atomic Fly,' which will be screened during the 'No Vampires' cluster of films at Nextfest. The film, and five others, will be shown at the Roxy on Saturday, June 5 (9PM).

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